Srinagar: Three militants and a army trooper were killed and another trooper was injured on Saturday in an encounter which ensued during a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in south Kashmir district of Pulwama.
Mobile internet service has been suspended in Pulwama while trains also remained off the tracks for security reasons, official sources said.
Six civilian were also killed and several others were injured in security force action on demonstrators near the encounter site.
They said on a tip off about the presence of militants troops of Rashitriya Rifles (RR), Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police and CRPF launched a joint search operation at village Sirnoo in Pulwama early this morning. All exit points were sealed, they said adding when the security forces were moving towards a particular area in the village, militants hiding there opened indiscriminate firing with automatic weapons.
Security forces also retaliated ensuing in an encounter, they said adding two security force personnel were injured. Three militants were killed in the encounter, sources said adding one of the soldier later succumbed in the hospital.
The operation was going on when the reports last came in, they said adding internet mobile service has been suspended in the district to prevent spread of rumours.